The issue of trash, pigeon droppings, construction debris, concrete, etc. has been an ongoing issue for years for tenants. The concrete covering the alleyway comes from work being performed on the roof that tenants were not made aware of. This caused the damage of property to many tenants, from broken air conditioners to windows gunked and covered with concrete. These issues still remain.
For those living on the lower levels, especially the 1st floor, the smell in the summer and even the winter months is unbearable, not allowing for fresh air circulate in the apartments. Making the matter worse, the smell from the pigeon droppings is bolstered by the noise of the pigeons. This noise can last for hours on end and disrupt sleeping patterns.
Since going in 2D without appointment was noted, they have taken to ringing other doorbells. Today, they rant 2b saying it was an inspector. It’s the electrical company trying to get into 2D. Note that they signed off as work complete in September then completely rewired the apartments (with permit only to cure violation of exposed wiring and unlicensed work) in December 2018. The work was still not complete and Gotham Electric has been back many times including with DOB inspectors telling them what to fix. 2D provided access monthly, sometimes weekly. This is harassment.
The landlords (also licensed attorneys) are supposed to only contact represented tenants through their attorney. The court stipulations clearly stated (represented) tenants are to arrange access through attorney, and they did.
These landlords conflate issues, including with three different attorneys. Just today, on tape, the landlord said more than 10 times to, “call the attorney, the attorney represents tenants for all issues, regardless of agency, everything has to go through attorney.” One example is below.
Yet, also today, another of their lawyers sent tenants letters direct for access, they included wrong rooms, some were for work already done and one day of access, 1B, 1D received letters for March 5, 2D, 3D received letters for March 6. Tenants honored the dates…and more.
The landlord pretends he doesn’t know the hot water is scalding until he sees me burn my hand today. It is an old repeated violation, when we have hot water, it’s boiling hot from faucets. The court inspector told him to fix it on November 20, we have told him too, but today he pretends he doesn’t know it’s scalding and sends a text and/or email message to all tenants saying it will be fixed and to use cold water. The plumber was here 12-7-18. It is now 12-14 and it’s still not fixed.
Below 12-12 text will be public record but may be copyright – it was sent as an email to all tenants. I do not agree to email communication so received a text.
The landlord gave less than 24 hours notice, and told the tenants attorney they needed access to tenant’s apartments for the Attorney General, to update engineering report read it here. The property manager also did not deny it was the AG coming:
Tenants believed it was another AG inspection and made themselves available. When they arrived, I still did not realize their purpose. It turned out the landlord misrepresented the facts to gain access for his own engineer inspection.
After people rearranged schedules, these “inspectors” went to a renovated apartment with the property manager. The attorney had said to deny access because he hadn’t heard back from the AG. The tenants were home though and the engineering company nor property manager did not even try to knock on their doors. The property manager didn’t even get the name of the company correct…
I had provided a week of access so let them see 1d -bathroom, and they took photographs.
Seems, since the original Engineer admitted his report was not accurate… the landlord is getting a chance to resubmit a new report by another engineering company.
The attorney told us at the meeting that they felt we were harassed and the AAGs though the repairs were shoddy. He wrote us this two days after the AG’s visit…
“…Separately I had a conversation with the AG’s office. I reiterated that I do not represent you all in [sic] the conversion. Ryan from the AG’s office said though, that he met with several of you and that he was appalled by the terrible quality of the work being done, and that the AG’s office is trying to ensure that we get the repairs done properly, and completely. I can give you additional specifics, and talk to you about a potential offer from JW regarding repairs, that was communicated by the AG’s office.”
He also admits the AG had something to do with the relocation agreement (which they now claim they had nothing to do with and is not enforceable until after conversion). We’ve had our apartments gutted around us all year, they don’t need us to relocate to do the work, they don’t want to make better apartments for us as they claim…need to get us out.
After leaving the tenants in B line with leak since the 15th and in 1B with their bathroom ceiling in the tub and bowl since the 21- all weekend, the property manager finally decided to show up today. He tried saying he knew nothing about it and tried putting off repairs until Wednesday!Today, without notice, he had some guy, not a licensed plumber, repair the pipe upstairs in 3B, and a couple of other guys replace ceiling sheetrock in other B line apartments.
This is a repeat performance and probably not the last. There’s mold spots in those bathroom too. It’s probably growing behind the walls after so many leaks, for so many years.
Unannounced Access: The Property manager also came in 1D unannounced, without notice, to see the water damage from September 6 D-Line kitchen/bathroom shared wall/ceiling leak and to see how much worse the mold and leak stain is now from the ongoing bathroom leak above the tub (different from the kitchen/bathroom leak). The kitchen/bath leak was repaired in Feb-March, and the bathroom above tub several times this year, including it was just concealed at the end of June/July2. It’s now water drips under paint, brown stains and mold showing through again.
DOB: see next post for video and more ….. A DOB inspector from Special Ops also showed up today. He said is was for an audit of old violations. He saw the work going on; and saw gutted walls, garbage, gutted floor, electrical and gas line exposed in 1C … he gave the workers a warning. The permits are revoked and there is a stop work order for that apartment. He was going to do paperwork and send someone back. The super didn’t answer to let him in the basement, so he and left an LS4 notice.
This time the leak in the B line started with 3B who has had a busted pipe for a long time. NO one came to address teh emergency despite many calls, texts, emails. 2B had ceiling damage and water cascade.
Today, 1B had bathroom ceiling collapse.
The owner/property manager knew all about the busted pipe in 3B – for a long time – and about the leak it caused -again- down the B line of apartments from September 15 — ignoring that issue caused the ceiling to collapse in 1B